Parties these days can get very expensive, and it's where knowledge about Divisoria and its hidden gems can come in handy. If you’re planning a DIY party, a trip to Divi is definitely in order. Find out what you can score and get inspired by how bargain items were creatively used for parties plus where you can find them in Divisoria!
#1 Honeycomb lanterns for backdrops
It was amazing how this mom and dad team turned honeycomb lanterns into the daintiest tree you’ll ever see. This pastel eye-candy was definitely a focal point in this homemade party! Where to find: Tabora Street or 168 Mall
#2 Mini blocks and action figures to complete your theme
There are lots of Lego-like pieces in Divisoria, and they come in different themes. This mom spent many nights building sets to add to her party stylist’s centerpieces. Where to buy them in bulk: Bodega Sales, Sta. Elena corner Tabora Street
#3 Artificial flowers in different styles and colors
Planning a Japanese-themed party? Walk along Tabora street to find cherry blossoms that will complete your look!
Or visit the shops at the lower level of 168 Mall. Look for flowers that can become an accent piece for a simple but giant prop (like the number 2 standee above) for a photo shoot.
Letter or number standees in all shapes and sizes have become party staples. It's no surprise: it’s a quick way to personalize your party and so easy to customize to your theme. Where to find: Tabora Street
#5 Wash cloths folded into teddies
This mommy shares: “My husband made the teddy bear wash cloth as the party favor. We bought the wash cloths in Divisoria, and he followed a YouTube tutorial to make them into teddy bears.” Where to find: 168 Mall
Hard to imagine these glittery safari animals used to be brown and grey! It wasn’t enough that this DIY mommy painted them in pink, mint, and gold. She had to add gifts and ribbons and mini party hats with pompoms. We just died of cuteness. Where to find: Bodega Sales, Sta. Elena corner Tabora Street
#7 Jute fabric for your dessert spreads
Another styling favorite is jute or anything burlap! These are usually used as table runners, but this creative mom used it as a backdrop for her Moana-inspired dessert table. Where to find: Tabora Street (Googley eyes for the DIY Tamatoa, Divisoria)
Kids tend to get restless easily especially when they’re waiting for a party to start. So this mom held a pre-party activity by setting up a candy scooping station. Where to find: Gumball machines from 168 Mall, colored candies from Divisoria Mall and fish bowl from a vendor along Sta. Elena Street
If you can’t find the perfect souvenir for your theme, you might as well make them! Armed with her portable sewing machine and pretty fabrics, this crafty mommy made owl hot pads for her guests to take home. Where to find: Ylaya’s Textile market
#10 Wooden pieces for table numbers
No boring, hand-written numbers here. These mini wooden numbers were a perfect way to help guests find their seats. Where to find: craft stores in 168 Mall, Divisoria Mall or Lucky Chinatown Annex
#11 Ice cream party accessories
This mommy turned her home into an instant ice cream parlor using items she found in Divisoria. Where to find: Pastel ice cream coin banks were from Anding's Toy Store in Tabora Street, mini honeycombs and ice cream cups from 168 Mall, and fabrics from Ylaya Street.
#12 Balloons and lots of them
Balloons are the classic party staple, but these days they're handy as sculptures (read: instant backdrop!) This sister-duo stitched together these balloons using a nylon string to form a balloon arch. Where to find: 168 Mall or Divisoria Mall
Monica Rios Arcinue daydreams of parties all day in between running a household and raising a toddler. After leaving the corporate world, she decided to pursue her passion for party planning through her blog Homemade Parties where she features DIY parties of moms just like her.